Tuesday, July 27, 2010

"Give Away" education

It finally occurred to me what bothers me so much about the government directed education model. The whole system is (theoretically) designed to “give children an education.” (Yes, of course, that is very debatable. But just for arguments sake, let’s just assume that is indeed the case.)

So, what is wrong with giving children an education? The same thing that is wrong with combating hunger by giving out fish.

As the old saying goes, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a life time.”

Can you image combating hunger by discouraging fishing and outlawing fishing poles? Yet, that is exactly what our current school system is designed to do. Every federal education mandate assumes that it is the government's job to deliver the fish (education) through government controlled fishermen (union teachers). Those consuming the fish (students and their families) have no part in the process. They are trained to wait passively to be fed.

We can't maintain a free society with learners dependent up government institutions for access to education. Somebody, often a politician or “activist,” will exploit the opportunity. The examples of this are too many to count.

Just as feeding programs for starving children are successful as a short-term measure to sustain life while local, long-term remedies are put in place, government controlled "give away" education programs serve no long term benefit, except in a short-term crisis situation while local, self-perpetuating educational systems are (re) established.

This reminds me of a quote by Elbert Hubbard:

The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without a teacher.

The world would be a far better place if government sponsored education programs followed the same motto.

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Sebastian said...

Wonderful analogy.

Essay Writing Service said...

Teachers play major role in bringing up of a child. Home schooling is good in one sense, but children of today's world won't listen to anyone. In school teachers know how to handle students in a better way so that they can get best education.

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Sebastian said...

Students who are learning to read and write in school or in a home school setting usually can write their own essays. They even learn the appropriate use of definite and indefinite articles.

Henry Cate said...

Essay Writing Service - my experience is that children who are homeschooled are much more likely to listen to their parents as teachers. I do agree with you that children in public schools as a group are much less likely to listen to their parents, or even teachers.